Being shown the door by Gordon Ramsay is like facing the martial arts whoopass of Jackie Chan in Brett Ratner's Rush Hour series, only a bit more brutal.
Josh Wahler, a former contestant of Hell's Kitchen 3 (quite possibly its best season on record,) survived one such exit rather elegantly, and has now samboed his way from Doral's 5300 Chop House into the role of executive chef of Kung Fu Kitchen and Sushi at The Catalina Hotel and Beach Club. New breakfast, lunch and dinner menus will launch in three weeks.
"I left my last employer at the end of August because I was looking for a new challenge leading up to the season," says Wahler. "This amazing opportunity presented itself with open arms. There is a single unified vision for this restaurant between our ownership and management.
We are going to shake up the South Beach culinary community with our new and innovative menu, experienced front of house management and extraordinary atmosphere that will make Kung Fu a destination restaurant."
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Sounds like strict corporate messaging to us, but hopefully Wahler will flex culinary creativity worthy of the restaurant's name. Stay tuned, folks.
Kung Fu Kitchen and Sushi
1732-1756 Collins Avenue